Ola-Dele Kuku Nigeria, b. 1963

"With reference to wars, displacements and natural disasters, boundaries are constantly shifting and new territories are being created. These new territories have become the fundamental platforms for innovative solutions and interventions that require a continuous systematic approach."

 

- Ola-Dele Kuku

Ola-Dele Kuku studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in Los Angeles, California, USA and in Vico Morcote, Ticino, Switzerland. He initiated his practice in Milan, Italy in 1990.

 

His works have been presented in numerous international exhibitions, at museums, galleries and fairs such as the Politecnico di Milano, Italy ; Nagoya Center, Nagoya, Japan; Lineart, Ghent, Belgium; World Craft Council, Artistry in Wood – Hannover, Germany; Design Museum Gent, Belgium; Centre d’Art Contemporain Brussels, Belgium; Nagoya Centre, Nagoya, Japan; Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; Biennale pour l’Art Contemporain Africain Dak’ART Dakar, Senegal; International Biennial Design Festival, Sainte-Etienne, France; Narodni Techniké Museum, Czech Republic; Teatro dal Verme Milano, Italy; Middelheim Museum Antwerp, Belgium; Porsche Haus Milan, Italy ; Torino Art Fair, Torino, Italy; Musée d’Ixelles Brussels, Belgium; Design Museum Gent, Belgium; and the 7th Flanders Design Triennial, Genk Belgium.

 

He has been awarded numerous prizes including ‘Grand Prize – Prime Minister’s Prize’ Award – IFI Nagoya International Design Competition, Nagoya, Japan; ‘License of Honour’ Tech-Art Prize Award – Vlaamse Ingenieurs kamer, Antwerp, Belgium; ‘Henry Van De Velde Prize’ – Prize of the Public Award – VIZO at the Design Museum, Ghent, Belgium; ‘Honourable Mention’ Award – Nagoya Do International Design Competition, Nagoya Japan; and ‘Mention Special pour la Créativité’ – Biennale pour l’Art Contemporain Africain Dak’ART; SPES Belgian Foundation Scholarship Award (for artistic creation) Lauréat, Brussels Belgium.

 

Various works from his projects have been published extensively, and are in prominent private collections, public institutions and foundations. Ola-Dele Kuku has also lectured and coordinated post-graduate thesis studios in several architecture academies, international conferences and workshops. The architect-artist is presently working on the establishment of ‘Post-Conflict Rehabilitation’ Programme as an academic course of study in architecture, design, and art academies.